24-Year-Old Center – Washington Capitals
Tyler Graovac Contract Information:
Signed a two-year contract with the Wild in June 2016.
Graovac (upper body) was assigned to AHL Hershey on a long-term conditioning loan Tuesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Graovac will battle Zac Dalpe and Joel Eriksson Ek for the center spot on the fourth line. Graovac played through a groin injury last season that may have limited his production. He scored just 16 points at AHL Iowa in 39 games after scoring 46 points in 73 games in 2014-15.
Graovac played his first AHL season last year, putting up a solid 13 goals, 12 assists and 29 penalty minutes through 64 games. Graovac hopes to work his way onto the Wild's NHL roster at camp, but doesn't figure to carve out a permanent spot for himself even if he does make his NHL debut this season. The team has high hopes for big, sharp-shooting center, so like Erik Haula before him, he's worth watching if he does make an appearance with the parent club. But realistically, he probably won't arrive until 2015-16.